History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

CS Roddam
by Bill Glover


Built in 1887 by E. Withy and Company, West Hartlepool

Length 289.6 ft.  Breadth 38.1 ft.  Depth 19 ft.  Gross tonnage 2365

Chartered by W.T. Henley’s Telegraph Works Company to lay the following cables for La Société Française des Télégraphes Sous-Marins.


1888 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Willemstad, Curacao
1888 Willemstad - La Guaira, Venezuela
1888 La Guaira - Carenero, Venezuela
1888 La Guaira - Puerto Cabello, Venezuela

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Last revised: 3 November, 2015

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